Friday News Roundup - Hour 2

Guest Host:

Katty Kay of the BBC
Friday News Roundup - Hour 2

Analysis of this week's international news: We discuss President Obama's plan for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, ongoing political turmoil in Syria, and implications of a Greek government austerity plan.

President Obama says Afghanistan no longer represents a terrorist threat to the United States. He announced plans to withdraw 10,000 troops by the end of this year, another 20,000 troops will leave by next summer. Afghan president Hamid Karzai called the news a “moment of happiness” for the country. Greece reached a bailout deal with the E.U. and the I.M.F. But the country must still push through austerity measures next week. Thousands of Syrians continued to flee across the border into Turkey. And outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was released from prison, after being detained for 81 days.


Michael Hirsh

chief correspondent, National Journal magazine; author of "Capital Offense: How Washington's Wise Men Turned America's Future Over to Wall Street."

Nancy Youssef

Pentagon correspondent, McClatchy newspapers.

Mark Landler

White House correspondent, The New York Times.

"So Long:" Michael Hirsh and Jamie Tarabay's National Journal Article on Afghanistan

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